‘Honoring Sandrino’s Sacrifice Fund’ Supports Army Ranger Lead The Way Fund For the 2nd Year!

We would like to extend a big thank you to Dianne Hammon and the family and friends of Sgt. Alessandro L. Plutino aka “Sandrino” for continuing to support our Mission and for their incredibly generous donation again. For the second year in a row, the funds raised from the “Honoring Sandrino’s Sacrifice Fund, Inc.” golf outing were directed towards our organization.

Sgt. Plutino was K.I.A. August 8, 2011 in Afghanastan. He was part of the 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment.



CMC’S NYC Urban Assault Race

The Lead The Way Fund is excited to announce that we have generously been granted discounted slots in the (CMC’s) Civilian Military Combine’s NYC Urban Assault Race in Brooklyn, NY on September 22, 2012. This is the first time ever that CMC Urban Assault Series “the ultimate test of strength, agility, and endurance” is being held in the NYC area. This is an extremely physically demanding race.

Please email info@leadthewayfund.org with interest in participating in this event.  Once participants have been approved, they must set up an individual fundraising page on FirstGiving and meet the minimum required Lead The Way Fund fundraising goal for this event of $350.

Competition Overview:

The CMC competition is broken down into three components to test strength, endurance and agility.

  • Race day structure will consist of “The PIT” (lifting element) into a 5 mile race with strategically placed military obstacles. This structure is what separates the Civilian Military Combine from all other races and competitions. The PIT is designed to be the great equalizer by leveling the playing field between power athletes and endurance runners to determine the best overall conditioned athlete. This race structure has been carefully created, refined and reviewed by the top strength and conditioning coaches from the CrossFit community, United States Armed Forces and USA Triathlon Organization Race Directors.
  • Exercise Elements of the PIT (lifting element):

    • Barbell Thrusters (75lb men/45lb women)
    • Burpee
    • Box Jump (20 inches for both men & women)
    • Kettlebell Swing (20kg/44lb men & 12kg/26lb women)

For more information about the Civilian Military Combine and the NYC Urban Assault event see below or visit the CMC website at www.civilianmilitarycombine.com. You can also click here to watch the CMC Urban Assault Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=GO6NY_yLSS8.

CMC Overview

The Civilian Military Combine (“CMC”) is the premier race event in the fast growing obstacle course adventure race space. CMC provides the best designed, most exhilarating and unique format of any race available to the public. Designed for all level athletes to test strength, endurance and agility, CMC’s race day structure consists of the adrenaline pumping strength element called The PIT transitioning into an exhilarating military grade obstacle course race strategically positioned throughout. The difficulty of the CMC competition is determined by the competitor and attracts both weekend warriors looking for the ultimate challenge as well as competitive athlete looking to win.


At the Civilian Military Combine the PIT is the inspirational start of the race where each heat of roughly 100 competitors charge into an area size of a football field surrounded by cheering fans and motivating music. The PIT is designed to be the great equalizer by leveling the playing field between power athletes and endurance runners to determine the best overall conditioned athlete. It consists of 4 basic movements: 2-body weight resistance and 2 with light weight resistance:

  • Thruster (75lb men; 45lb women
  • Burpee
  • Box Jumps
  • Kettlebell Swings (20kg men; 12 kg women)

The Race

The Civilian Military Combine race takes place over 5 mile course with obstacles and natural terrain. Designed to test participants’ endurance, this race is unlike any mud run they’ve been in before. Taking place after completion of the lifting pit, the race includes massive military obstacles, strategically positioned to put participants’ athletic skills to the test. CMC has designed its race to put endurance and strength athletes on equal footing.

Change of Command at the 1st Battalion 75th Ranger Regiment

Hunter Rangers Get New Commander

By Nancy Gould

Hunter Public Affairs Office

FORT BENNING, Ga. (USASOC News Service, July 30, 2012) – Forsyth Park provided a scenic backdrop for the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment change of command ceremony, July 25.

The outgoing commander, Col. Michael Foster, passed the mantle of leadership to Lt. Col. Robert Harman on the park’s grassy field.  Eight hundred Rangers stood proudly in formation and watched the transition of power, along with Savannahians who lined the sidewalks with their children and dogs.

“There’s no place as special as Savannah,” said the new commander, Harman, who served previously as the battalion liaison officer and the executive officer of the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment.  “This community has always embraced Rangers and made us feel at home.”

In his final remarks from the podium, the former 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment commander, Foster, stated the same praise for Savannahians and thanked them for the hospitality given his family over the last 28 months.   He spoke emotionally as he addressed the community and his Rangers before leaving for his new assignment at Vicenza, Italy as the 173rd Airborne Brigade commander.

“These Rangers are a lethal fighting force,” he said. “I’ve seen them perform great acts of courage and violence but I’ve also seen them show compassion that almost defies explanation.  Plain and simple, if you stand on a battlefield in opposition, it’s the last thing you’ll do.  It may be immediate or it may take some time but you’ll not live through the experience or more likely, not make it through the night.”

The 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment has employed those lethal combat skills since 2001, while deployed to combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan over 16 times, taking the fight to the enemy in order to preserve our Nation’s freedoms. While targeting high value marks across Iraq and Afghanistan, the battalion has conducted more than 2,500 raids during its 16 combat deployments, resulting in the capture or killing of thousands of key al-Quaeda, Taliban and other insurgent leaders.

“These are not ordinary men,” Foster continued. “They are adaptable and can take on any shape or coloration temporarily, if that’s what the mission requires.  The whole of our tribe is a power that is so much greater than the sum of its parts.”

Foster also commended the 451 Ranger wives and credited them for their contribution to the ‘tribe.’

“Our ladies carry on with the grace and dignity that we do not posses,” he said. “They raise our children, handle emergencies, make great decisions and care for one another.”

Foster praised several of the wives individually for their leadership and strength, calling them ‘angels in disguise.’  Before leaving the podium, he also praised the 10 Rangers who made the highest sacrifice to the Nation with their lives.

“Like all great warrior tribes, these men practiced the dominance of honor,” he said. “They valued loyalty and cohesion; they had the capacity to endure hardship and they eventually paid the ultimate price.  We will not forget them.”

Foster closed by thanking the men of his battalion for the opportunity to be a member of the ‘warrior tribe’ of Rangers.

“I’ve taken so much more from you than I’ve given,” he said. “This is a debt on I can never fully repay.  Thanks for allowing me to walk by your side these past months.  The door to my house is always open.”